6 Ways to Go Green for 2013 from GreenDeals

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From purchasing decisions to recycling to food consumption, GreenDeals wants everyone to be greener in 2013 with these 6 go green tips.

With the start of the new year, GreenDeals wants to help consumers go green for 2013. From home to office to in the community, GreenDeals wants to help everyone achieve a goal of living a greener lifestyle for the coming year. Do just one thing, or do all of them and help create a sustainable community for your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Doing just one thing today will make tomorrow a better day.

6 Ways to Go Green for 2013:

1. Buy local or regional: Purchasing products made locally or even within the US reduces your overall carbon footprint. Locally made products reduce the amount of fossil fuels and resources needed to ship from overseas. This isn't always possible but when accessible, buy local (or from your region).

2. Recycle: Well-run recycling programs cost less to operate than waste collection, land-filling, and incineration. The more people recycle, the cheaper it gets for everyone. Recycling creates up to 1.1 million jobs in the US. New York City leaders realized that a redesigned, efficient recycling system could actually save the city $20 million and they have now signed a 20-year recycling contract.

Resources on Recycling:

  • Guzu.com helps recycle electronics like cell phones, computer hardware, and older electronics
  • Earth911.com offers a comprehensive recycling directory to recycle products in your area
  • If your town/city doesn't recycle, call your local office and ask them to start

3. Who's your Cell Phone Company: There are many options for cell phone providers, the 4 large companies, and many more regional and pay as you go providers. They all connect your calls, allow you to text, email, and browse the internet but do they support social change. Only one cell phone company does, CREDO Mobile (via the SPRINT Network). CREDO Mobile supports dozens of non profits through donations and grants, works to enact progressive change and defeat regressive policies with the end goal of social change in our country.

4. Eat Organic and Healthy: You are what you eat and with all of the issues with GMO's, you need to think about what you put in your body. If being healthy is important to you and your family, read the ingredients before you buy it. If you don't know what the ingredients are, you should leave it on the shelf.

Resources on eating organically:

  • Join a local CSA
  • Shop at the farmers market for the best organic food
  • Choose organic meats, produce, and fruits whenever possible
  • Read the label & know what you are buying

5. Carry a Water Bottle: Don't waste your money on buying water bottles, carry your own and refill it. You can save up to $500 a year and hundreds of plastic water bottles by doing this simple step. Opt for a glass or stainless steel water bottle to eliminate the issue of BPA.

6. Go Solar: Most cities and states are providing subsidies if you convert to solar power or add solar panels to your home. Solar power will be a standard in a majority of homes in the future and provides a terrific alternative to traditional electricity and fossil fuels. Find out about getting solar power in your area.

Find out more about how to go green with our green tips and green videos at GreenDeals Go Green Blog.

About GreenDeals

GreenDeals launched in October 2010 to offer discounts and deals from local and national green businesses approved by Green America. GreenDeals offers daily deals, contests, content, tips, and promotes green living to thousands consumers across the US and Canada.

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